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Fox Song

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
After the passing of her great-grandmother, a young Indian girl recalls the times they spent together -- peeling birch barks for baskets and hunting fox tracks in the snow -- in a moving celebration of the love between the young and the old and the beauty of the natural world.

"Bruchac sees no need to cheat accuracy to reach the spiritual world of his Abenaki Indian heritag
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Paperback, 27 pages
Published February 24th 1997 by Puffin (first published 1993)
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Ch_jank-caporale
Jan 23, 2010 Ch_jank-caporale rated it really liked it
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Jamie, the main character, is both French-American and Abenaki. In Fox Song, Jamie spends the day remembering the time she spent with her great grandmother, learning the ways of her people, the values of living in harmony with nature, and the respect one learns from spending special time with elders. Jamie’s Grama is no longer alive but the memories and her lessons keep Jamie company even when she’s alone.

Fox Song is a beautiful book that recalls the circle of life and passes along important val
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Elizabeth
As with SkySisters , I appreciate that this is a story about Native Americans, and clearly rooted in Native American culture, that's not About (TM) The Native American experience.

This one is about a young girl grieving the death of her great-grandmother, remembering their shared experiences and what her great-grandmother had taught her. I got all teary at the end. (And the final illustration is beautiful.)

The illustrations are warm or cool, depending what's being depicted, but they all feel al
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Katherine
Apr 04, 2011 Katherine rated it liked it
"Fox Song" is a good book to read to children, especially if they have ever lost a loved one. This story is about a young girl and how she misses her grandmother. Even though her grandmother is gone, the girl still feels that she is always with her. For independent reading this book would be more appropriate for more advanced readers. This book could be used to help represent Native American culture within your classroom library.
Marika
Jan 23, 2016 Marika rated it really liked it
A really touching story. I appreciated the focus on a relationship between a grandparent and grandchild, and the way that potentially difficult themes of death were handled. This is a beautiful story focusing on the long lasting nature of love and that those you truly care about will never be entirely lost to you.
Rachel Holloway
This book can fall into a lot of categories. However, the prominent Native American culture that is in the book makes it a good diversity book. A young girl's great-grandmother passes away and she reminisces the times that she spent with her.
Tara
Sep 15, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
This story is about a little girl who's grandmother passes away. The little girl has dreams about the good times she spent with her grandmother and recalls the many things that she taught her. This is a great book for anyone who has lost a family member or loved one.
Jazzmyne
Apr 26, 2016 Jazzmyne rated it liked it
Fox song is about a little girl who misses her great great grandmother, and she talks about how life was with her great great grandmother around. I would use this book to start a conversation and journal writing about the grandparents, particularly around Grandparents Day.
Dominic Dowd
Mar 02, 2011 Dominic Dowd rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very well written book. I thought it was very touching and had a lot of emotion to it. I also liked how the story story was told. Many of us have lost somebody in our lives and we all find ways to keep them close to our hearts.
A.J.
May 01, 2016 A.J. rated it really liked it
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This book would be a great connection for students who may have had a loved one pass away. Death is a difficult issue to address. Creating a classroom environment that is supportive and nurturing may just be what a certain student needs at the current moment.
528_Mary F.
Nov 15, 2011 528_Mary F. rated it really liked it
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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